Chris Heinhold is a PhD research student working within the Chester Centre for Islamic Studies at the University of Chester. Chris completed his undergraduate degree in History and Religious Studies, along with his Masters in Politics, at University College Cork, in Ireland. His current research examines the generational dynamics within transnational Shia networks between Britain and the Middle East. His other research interests include Religious Studies, Diaspora Studies, Political Science, Anthropology and related fields. He is eager to maintain an inter-disciplinary approach to any research which he undertakes.
Does the President elect of the United States suffer from such debilitating ideology which Obama, and Alinsky, argued against, or is he, in line with Francis’s argument, someone who has not become radicalised but rather has joined with radicals pragmatically? As much of the ‘main-stream media’ comes to terms with the election of Trump, it appears to be the second option which they are trumping for.
There is the perception that critical scholarship will not get a fair hearing, and there is a perception that theological or confessional scholarship is incapable of being fair. A number of years ago I attended a keynote lecture during a national religious studies conference at which an esteemed professor declared in exasperated tones; “What Have They Done To My Buddhism?!” The tension in the room, rising during his overtly confessional presentation, reached a silent crescendo at this exclamation. Even I, as a (very) junior scholar of religion, ...